The United States was built by immigrants who often spoke different languages. Incorporation into our English speaking and Judaeo Christian society was difficult but worth the effort; as many will attest. My own stock was German-protestant by birth but they soon assimilated and became rather zealous and patriotic Americans.
Catholic immigrants had an advantage over the protestant churches in as much that the Mass was no different than what they heard in their native lands. They could comfortably go into any Catholic Church and recognize the Mass as the same one they heard in the land of their birth. They need only carry with them their Missals which had the Latin on the left and their vernacular on the right hand side of the page. It aided their assimilation as they were able to rub shoulder-to-shoulder with other Catholics which helped them in their effort to become English speaking patriotic Americans.
The protestant denominations did not, by contrast, have a service in English, one in German, one in Dutch, one in Irish etc. Instead they allowed those who could not yet speak English to establish their own churches and therefore most of these immigrants tended to live in the same neighborhoods and attend the same churches with others that spoke their native tongue. In time, however, they wished to assimilate and their children often moved further and futher away from their ethnic neighborhoods. The problems seem, in time, to rectify themselves.
That brings me to ponder the wisdom of the Catholic Church in our present day. The bilingual Mass is perhaps the most ill-thought solution that has ever been conceived.
In this modern globalist age that worships at the table of multiculturalism we have ‘only’ the Catholic Church that thinks it is proper to have Mass in every language known to man one after the other. Seminarians no longer learn Latin anymore but are more likely to study Spanish and other modern languages so that they can say Mass in more than one language. We now have the absurdity of a parish that may have 4 or 5 Masses said on Sunday in various languages.
Now if that is not bad enough, we now have a new hybrid Mass that mixes the languages in the same Liturgy. I am in a parish presently where this happens on every Suday; the dreaded bilingual Mass which jumps back and forth between English and Spanish. Nobody except those fluent in both languages knows what is going on at these Masses. They are not only banal but also, confusing, unintelligible and more about presenting an outward sign of ‘welcoming’ to the non-English parishioners than about worshipping God.
Yesterday, I left after the bilingual Mass thinking that such a liturgy was not only unsavory to everyone in attendance but that I doubt God recognized this ligurgy as worship. Sadly, it will be a long time before this ‘politically correct’ hierarchy wakes up to the fact that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is about worshipping God and not about back-slapping, shaking hands, hugging and fulfilling our obligation to be ‘welcoming.’ What about our obligation to worship God? Where is that in all of this?